Well I'm the proud owner of Winchester M1 Garand that belong to Ted captain-03 that Jeffery was kind enough to sell me. Hope I will be able to make it to the M&G in March with it and the M1 Carbine. Thanks Randy for picking it up for me.
When Randy picked it up for me he said they were told it was the special grade. Would that be what they call the Special Grade M1 Garand on the CMP site? I have never seen the white lettering on the serial number. The CMP certificate says he bought it in 2008.
If it has a new Criterion (?) barrel, it was probably the Service Grade Special, that is now called the CMP Special. What do you see on the barrel with the oprod pulled back? The white letters are just some white crayon or other white substance used to highlight the stamp (I used to use White-Out - which is quickly fading into the past with typewriters).